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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Month 4 Shaklee180 update: What my husband thinks

This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

This month, I'm asking my husband what he thinks of the changes over the past four months. I'll have an update later this week on my progress.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Let's face it, no one wants to talk about Aunt Flo!

Period. Menstrual Cycle. Cramps. Things no one wants to talk about or probably read about. This is one area that I need to make eco-friendly. But is it something I really want to blog about?

I've been researching going eco-friendly with my monthly visitor for some time. I told myself that once EmmyLu was born, I'd make the switch and I still haven't.

The fine folks from Luna Pads must have been reading my mind as they asked me to share this with my readers:

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Here's my chance to start making that move. Wish me luck. I might write about it.

Lunapads is offering me some free product (which is completely timely) in exchange for posting this offer. Opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Going natural: skin problems

rosy cheeks 
I've had rosacea my whole life and I basically just got used to it. I've been lucky to have pretty smooth skin and never have acne problems ... until now.

Since I started working out --running and doing crossfit-- acne have become a problem for me. I usually wash my face with 365 Shower Gel and 365 Body Lotion Whole Foods.

Before going more natural with my beauty routine, I would wash my face with a Dove bar soap and moisturize with Olay and never had problems. The mentioned beauty routine of 365 products worked great until two months ago.

Now, my face is fiery red all the time and the acne (mostly along the hairline) is out of control. I stopped using concealer and started using mineral foundation to cover it all up but I don't want to do that forever.

I've started to wash my face first thing when I get home from working out but that doesn't seem enough. I thought maybe buying cleansing wipes similar to these Pacifica sells to keep in the car after works out would maybe a good option. The problem that gets me with this option is waste (though there are biodegradable wipes out there).

I need your help! What are you favorite products or natural remedies for facial washing and moisturizing  I'd love some help in the area!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Meatless Monday: Spanish Tortilla

Eggs for dinner again and this one is filling! Yes, my photo doesn't look pretty but this tasted amazing! It reminded me of a dish that many traditional tapas restaurants serve. We used farm fresh eggs and russet potatoes ) that's what we had on hand.

Spanish Tortilla 
From Simply Recipes

6 eggs, beaten
2 Yukon Gold potatoes
2-3 green onions (or 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion), chopped up to the light green parts
1/4 cup olive oil

Slice the potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) into disks between 1/4 and 1/8 inch wide.

Pour the olive oil into a cast-iron or hard anodized aluminum pan (a pan that will be able to take the heat of a broiler in the oven) and heat it over medium-high heat. When it is hot enough to sizzle the potatoes as soon as they hit the oil – test with an end piece – start frying them in one layer. Working in batches, fry until they are lightly browned, not crispy. When they are done, let the potatoes dry on a paper towel and salt them well. Keep frying until they are all cooked.

When the potatoes are all done, pour off most of the oil and sauté the onions. When they are just starting to crisp, turn off the heat. Arrange the onions so they are evenly covering the bottom of the pan. Arrange the potatoes on the pan in a scalloped pattern.

Turn the heat back on to medium, and pour in the eggs. Add a generous pinch of salt. Shake the pan to get the eggs to coat everything in the pan. Let this cook until you see the edges of the tortilla begin to set, then put the pan under the broiler.

Cook it under the broiler for 5 minutes, or until the top browns. (If you prefer to finish the tortilla on the stovetop instead of the broiler, slide the tortilla out of the pan onto a plate. Then invert the pan over the plate, and flip the whole thing, pan and plate so that the tortilla falls back into the pan, less-cooked side down.) Remove the pan and set it to cool for at least 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve. It’s also good at room temperature, and will keep a couple days in the fridge.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Vibrant Living: Clean Living & Lifestyle Tips from OrangElephant

Layla McGlone is very inspiring. She lost over 100 pounds gradually through diet and exercise. She believes food is truly medicine too. She owns a company called Orange Elephant where she empowers others to make powerful changes in their lives too. Layla lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Matt and almost 2 year old daughter, Hazel. Here's a little bit about her Vibrant Living Guide!

Does life have you feeling bogged down?  Do you have an overloaded schedule without the physical energy to complete all the challenges that lie ahead?  Perhaps you just want to shed a few pounds or take your health to the next level.  What if I told you there was a way to restore your energy and start feeling stronger in your own skin? Summer is here and it’s time to prime your body for optimal energy!
When it comes to health and wellness, I’m not about quick fixes or extreme diets, but I do believe whole foods and an active lifestyle can heal your body.  We are what we eat, and if we fuel our bodies with nutrient dense foods they run with excellence.  But the opposite is also true, if we load our bodies with highly acidic, sugary and processed foods they start to sputter and lose steam.  
When you’re finally tired of being sick and tired, it’s time to make a decision and change your behavior.  I reached that point several years ago now, and I’m now living not only 100 pounds lighter, but I have greater energy, focus and vitality in every area of my life.   I love introducing people to truly healthy living, not a diet plan or a pill, but a truly healthy and sustainable lifestyle.  And don’t worry; I don’t encourage you to eat grass or other earthy tasting treats.  I love food and I believe it can nourish us and still be enjoyable!  
I’ve created The Vibrant Living Guide, a simple alkaline based eating plan that will help curb your cravings, increase your energy levels and enable you to make healthier lifestyle decisions.  You can follow the eating plan for a few days or a week as a cleanse to rid your body of built up toxins, reset your metabolism and rest and restore your digestive system.  Or you can follow others who have chosen this clean eating plan as the foundation for a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
The only equipment you will need is a juicer or blender, everything else you can find in your home or at your local grocer’s.  The Vibrant Living Guide costs $49 and you will receive:
  • A 7-Day Meal Plan
  • Shopping List
  • Prep-Day Plan
  • Self-Care Tips
  • YouTube Video Tips & Motivation
  • On-line Facebook Group with Support & Daily Tips
It is a pleasure and privilege to walk alongside women as they overcome soda addiction, sugar cravings, carb feasts, migraines, insomnia, night sweats and so much more!  Food truly is our best medicine.  
We are all at different points on our health journey, but together we can encourage, inspire and equip one another.  I know I’m inspired by all that Shannon does through Working Mom Goes Green to help us find the best healthy resources for ourselves and our families. The Vibrant Living Guide may or may not be for you, but here are a few lifestyle tips that will help decrease toxins in your body and naturally increase your daily energy.
Daily Detox to Promote Energy & Rest:
  • Drink hot water with lemon juice upon waking each day, this is an effective and gentle way to wake up your body.
  • Practice deep breathing for 5 minutes on your lunch break
    • Inhale through your nose for 7 counts; hold for 4 counts; exhale for 8 counts
    • You should feel like you are pushing out every ounce of air on your exhale.
    • Repeat this 7 – 10 times.
    • You will feel relaxed, distressed and refocused. (you can add breathing before bed too if you like!)
  • Walk for 20 minutes per day.  You can walk around your home, your office, on a nature trail or your local mall, just move and enjoy! (Recruit a friend to join you and you are more likely to make this habit stick!)  Even if you may already enjoy a more rigorous workout, walking is a restorative and refreshing activity.
  • Stop eating after 7pm.  To signify to yourself that you are done eating enjoy a cup of herbal tea.
  • Unplug an hour before bed.  This means no TV, internet, smart phone, etc. and just be present and allow yourself to decompress from your day.
  • End your day using a gratitude journal, listing 3 things you’re thankful for.  It will help you end your day on a positive note and launch you with an optimistic outlook into tomorrow.
Here’s what a few of the women who have followed the Vibrant Living Guide have had to share:
“I feel amazing! No cravings, headaches gone, body aches gone, insomnia gone, digestive system restored, boundless energy, clear thinking and no fogginess, joint pain gone, and at my last weigh I had lost a total of 7 inches off my waist and hips and 22.5 pounds and I’m certainly well on my way to a new lifestyle. Thanks again, Layla, for giving us this opportunity and for cheering us on!” Vicki, Newberg, OR
“I started a week ago and did the three day detox and lost 8 pounds. Better than that your group has inspired me to not go in as a few days of good but making this how I live. I am feeling great and am really grateful. Thank you Layla!” Matilda, Salt Lake City, Utah
“Now that I have more energy, I have more time to do the things that are important to me. I have to say, this has been a very enjoyable detox for me. Having it all planned and choices had made it simple to follow.” Tina, Bend, OR
I want to invite you to experience life in a new way, just like these awesome ladies have.  Your health, like mine can be fully restored.  If you would like to learn more about health coaching with me, simply fill out the questionnaire and receive a FREE coaching session.  
Here’s to your health!
Holistic Health Coach: Restoring optimal energy through nutrition and lifestyle changes, empowering you to live life on your terms and to your full potential!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We got a juicer ... now what?

A co-worker was looking to get rid of this fine  beauty and my husband has been itching to try juicing stuff.

We have this juicer  ... so now what? Have any good recipes?

Look for a blog post from my good friend Layla from Orange Elephant  tomorrow, who had amazing success vibrant living.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Meatless Monday: One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta

Courtesy of Aprin Strings
Here's another Pinterest beaut! Super simple and fast. The only thing ... I would have used less broth ... ours was still soupy after it was all said and done.


One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta 
by Aprin Strings

12 ounces pasta (we used angel hair
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid (
1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 large sprigs basil, chopped
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth  (will use 4 cups next time, ours was soupy)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.

Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .

Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Meatless Monday: Rhubarb risotto

More respecitin' the rhubarb in the form of a savory dish. I always challenge myself to find a few savory dishes that bring out the flavor of the rhubarb.

When I first saw this recipe on Food 52, I thought, that sounds weird. And as I made this, I was really suspect. The risotto base of pancetta, shallot and milk smelled wonderful. The rhubarb compote bubbled away, soaking up the wine. I was worried. Was this recipe going to be a disaster?

Since I'm horrible at food styling, I will say, once you mix it together, it doesn't look that appetizing (see below) but the results are a sweet and salty mixture. Definitely, on the list to make again.

Rhubarb risotto

Serves 8

3 stalks rhubarb
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cups sugar
4 oz red wine
2/3 cup Arborio rice
7 ounces pancetta, diced
2 small shallots, minced
4 oz white wine
2 1/2  cups  milk
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the 3 sticks rhubarb in about 1 inch long pieces. Place the rhubarb with the lemon juice and sugar in a small sauce pan. (Note: cooking the rice takes longer than cooking the compote, so you may want to do this while executing the first steps of making the risotto.)

When the rhubarb has softened, add the red wine. The wine should at most barely cover the rhubarb.Let simmer until reduced and you've got a nice, thick compote.

Melt some butter in a skillet. Add the rice to the pan and fry for just a couple of minutes. Add the pancetta and shallots and fry gently until the shallots have softened. Pour the white wine in the pan and allow it to evaporate over medium to low heat.

Start adding milk to the pan, half a cup at a time. Don't drown the rice, add just enough to come halfway up the rice. Only add a next half cup when the previous one has almost evaporated. Keep gently stirring the rice to make sure it won't stick to the pan.

Start tasting the rice after about two cups are added. Tasting is the only way to know if it's done! When it is, stop adding milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in the rhubarb compote and serve.


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